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Democracy, Justice, and Equality in Ancient Greece

Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

  • Georgios Anagnostopoulos
  • Gerasimos Santas

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 132)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Georgios Anagnostopoulos, Gerasimos Santas
    Pages 1-13
  3. Christopher J. Rowe
    Pages 63-82
  4. Catherine McKeen, Nicholas D. Smith
    Pages 139-159
  5. Gerasimos Santas
    Pages 161-177
  6. David Keyt
    Pages 225-241
  7. Paula Gottlieb
    Pages 257-268
  8. Fred D. Miller Jr.
    Pages 269-286
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 307-316

About this book


The original essays in this volume discuss ideas relating to political justice, distributive justice and addressing inequalities. These issues were as vigorously debated at the height of ancient Greek democracy as they are in many democratic societies today. Through perspectives from ancient Greece, contributing authors address topics relating to democracy, equality, justice, and other public goods, and they critically examine both the ancient debates and their historical context.

Readers will discover research on the lessening of economic inequality during the Athenian democracy, and consideration of Plato’s critique of Greek participatory democracies. Early chapters look at Plato’s proposals such as abolition of private property for the ruling classes and his ideal constitution. Other papers discuss Socrates or Aristotle’s views that are particularly relevant to contemporary political and economic disputes about freedom, slavery, the status of women, and public education, to name a few. This thorough consideration of the ancient Greeks' work on democracy and equality will appeal to scholars and researchers of the history of philosophy, as well as those with an interest in political philosophy.


Aristotle and Equality Economic Growth and Equality in Athens Equality, Inequality, and Faction Greek Democracy and Political Equality Greek Democracy and Wealth Inequalities Greek Democracy and Freedom Justice and Equality Justice and Economic Inequalities Plato on Inequalities Plato and Aristotle on Ideal Constitutions Poverty and Democracy in Ancient Athens Priorities among Goods Distributed Socrates on Democracy and Equality

Editors and affiliations

  • Georgios Anagnostopoulos
    • 1
  • Gerasimos Santas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

About the editors

Georgios Anagnostopoulos is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.  He works primarily on ancient Greek philosophy, and is the author of Aristotle on the Goals and Exactness of Ethics and editor of The Blackwell Companion to Aristotle and of two collections of essays on ancient Greek philosophy in Springer’s Philosophical Studies Series.

Gerasimos Santas is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of California, Irvine. His books include Socrates, Plato and Freud, Goodness and Justice, Understanding Plato’ Republic, The Blackwell Guide to Plato’ Republic (ed.). His current interests include economic inequalities and democratic justice in ancient and modern times.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Democracy, Justice, and Equality in Ancient Greece
  • Book Subtitle Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
  • Editors Georgios Anagnostopoulos
    Gerasimos Santas
  • Series Title Philosophical Studies Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Philosophical Studies Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96312-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96313-6
  • Series ISSN 0921-8599
  • Series E-ISSN 2542-8349
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 316
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Philosophy
    Ancient History
    Political Philosophy
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